JAN VAN KESSEL THE ELDER | A SCULPTED CARTOUCHE WITH FLORAL STILL LIFE, WITH THE CHRIST CHILD AS SALVATOR MUNDI
Estimate: 15,000 - 25,000 GBP
Property from the SØR Rusche Collection
JAN VAN KESSEL THE ELDER
Antwerp 1626 - 1679
A SCULPTED CARTOUCHE WITH FLORAL STILL LIFE, WITH THE CHRIST CHILD AS SALVATOR MUNDI
signed lower left: J van kessel
oil on oak panel, with the mark of the panelmaker François de Bout (active 1637 – 1649)
unframed: 39.7 x 28 cm.; 15⅝ x 11 in.
framed: 53 x 41 cm.; 20¾ x 16¼ in.
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The panel is uncradled, flat and stable. The paint surface is secure and clean, with a clear and even varnish. There are no major damages visible to the naked eye. Inspection under ultraviolet light reveals very little, as the varnish fluoresces opaquely, not allowing for inspection of any previous restoration. The panel appears, however, to be in overall very good condition.
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Anonymous sale, London, Sotheby's, 7 April 1982, lot 160;
Private collection, Europe;
Whence sold, London, Christie's, 8 December 1995, lot 40, when acquired.
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, 9 September 2000 – 7 January 2001, unnumbered;
Rotterdam, Kunsthal, At Home in the Golden Age, 9 February – 18 May 2008, no. 115.
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A. Blankert et al., Jezus in de Gouden Eeuw, exh. cat., Zwolle and Rotterdam 2000, p. 49, reproduced in colour;
H.-J. Raupp (ed.), Niederländische Malerei des. 17. Jahrhunderts der SØR Rusche-Sammlung, vol. 5, Stilleben und Tierstücke, Münster/Hamburg/London 2004, pp. 150–53, cat. no. 30, reproduced in colour (as Jan van Kessel and Erasmus Quellinus the Younger);
W. Pijbes, M. Aarts, M. J. Bok et al., At Home in the Golden Age, exh. cat., Zwolle 2008, p. 113, cat. no. 115, reproduced in colour;
K. Ertz and C. Nitze-Ertz, Jan van Kessel der Ältere 1626–1679. Kritische Katalog der Gemälde, Lingen 2012, p. 343, cat. no. 591, reproduced p. 342.
Jan van Kessel was a member of the great Brueghel dynasty and spent his life in Antwerp. The grandson of Jan Brueghel the Elder, Van Kessel took much inspiration from his relation’s work. Jan Brueghel the Elder was a pioneer in the development of the genre of garland paintings, which grew out of the imagery of the Counter-Reformation. The floral still lifes typically surround a devotional image or portrait, executed in collaboration with a figure painter.
It has been suggested that the author of the Christ Child here may be Erasmus Quellinus the Younger, pupil of Sir Peter Paul Rubens.
Van Kessel also collaborated with his uncle, David Teniers the Younger - interestingly the mark on the reverse of this panel indicates that it was made by the Antwerp panelmaker, François de Bout (active 1637–1649), who is known to have provided many of Teniers’ panels.